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>> brittany didn't wan't to die the brain tumor was killing her, she simply took control over how that process would go. >> now see what her husband is doing to keep his promise to change "right to die" laws nationwide. america tonight only on al jazeera america. >> the man accused of a mass shooting at a black church in the united states appears in court to face nine charges of murder. i'm nick clark in doha with the world news from al jazeera. also in the programme - on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. emergency funding for greece's banks. after years of censorship
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artists in myanmar use new-found freedom to deliver a new-found message thousands of people attended a vigil for the nine killed in wednesday's mass shooting. the court her testimony victim's families. dylann roof is facing nine counts of murder. >> reporter: appearing via video lined and flanked by armed guards in is dylann roof's first purposes in court, suspected of killing nine mixers from the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston in what is known as a hate crime. as the victims addressed him directly dylann roof showed no
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emotion. >> i forgive you. you hurt me. you hurt a lot of people. may god forgive you. and i forgive you. >> dylann roof was led away. >> it's a testament that those who spoke in court afterward forgiveness. they'll investigate whether this was an act of domestic terror. saying in a statement. this is what happened here was designed to inflict terror on the community. >> if that was the intent it hasn't worked. mother emanuel a the site of a city determined to heel together. >> this painful person came to this community with some crazy idea he would be able to divide and all he did was make us more united and love us other even
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more. >> reporter: the case against dylann roof is complex. he faces a raft of charges, including the murders of nine incident people and for that he could face the death penalty. >> we want him to have the death penalty, it's the worse case i and the country has seen in a long time. charleston is a city in shock. one determined not to take the actions of one man come between them president obama repeat's calls for changes on gun ownership laws from washington d.c. for the second time in two days u.s. president obama made an impassioned plea for the country to change course. speaking before a conference the president said 11,000 americans were killed in 2013 due to gun violence. if congress passed expanding background checks after the shooting.
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and where 20 first-grade student were killed, that some of those people could have been saved and is urging the american public to get involved. >> we have to have a conversation about it and fixed this. congress acts when the public insists on action. and we have seen how public opinion can change. we see how it changes. we see it beginning to change on climate change. we have to shift how we think about this issue. >> reporter: the president is focussing on public opinion. if you look at polls, the country is pretty much evenly split. for those that favour gun rights and those that favour more gun control legislation. >> u.n. brokered talks aimed at ending the war in yemen collapsed without the two sides sitting in the same rool. warring factions met in geneva since wednesday, looking for an
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end to the fighting between houthi rebels and forces loyal to the government with the peace process in disarray. saudi-led air strikes pounded north yemen. 10 civilians have been killed at the city of sadr being the main target of recent attacks. u.n. is appealing for $1.6 million yemenis avoid a humanitarian disaster. victoria gatenby has this report. [ gunfire ] [ explosion ] >> reporter: houthi rebels and forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh shell a civilian area in the city of taiz. before the fighting, it was a prosperous county now life is
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collapsing. >> translation: life is hard. this is the holy month, we are supposed to feel joy. >> translation: we are living in horror. >> reporter: the u.n. appealed for $1.6 billion to help the 21 million people that need aid. >> of the evidence of our own eyes i'm deliberately raising the alarm about the looming humanitarian catastrophe faces yemen, where over 21 million yemenis, 80% of the country's population are in need of some form of aid to meet basic needs or protect fundamental rights. >> the situation in yemen is dire with supplies running low and fears of an outbreak of dengue fever. millions no longer have access to water, sanitation or health care. >> the situation here is
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disastrous. only god knows our true suffering. there's no fuel nothing. the whole country is suffering. >> we can't clean day or night. why is this happening. everything is expensive. we can't afford to buy food. >> reporter: millions of yemenis pinned their hopes on a ceasefire in geneva. they want the war to end. and know until it does the situation will deteriorate. >> reporter: 40 syrian rebels have been killed in fighting with the islamic state of iraq and levant. they have been batting for control. neither side was able to advance into the region that was once a commercial hub. eight i.s.i.l. fighters died in the clashes. the united nation said i.s.i.l. was to blame for global terror. rosalind jordan looks at a new report on counterterrorism asking whether u.s. foreign policy helps or hurts.
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>> from the many al-shabab attacks on government facilities in mogadishu to the thousands of people that left their homes to fight along side i.s.i.l. the united states says 2014 was a violent year thanks to what it called increased acts of terrorism. >> the number of terrorism attacks in 2014 increased 25%, and total fatalities increased 81% compared to 2013. largely do to activities in iraq, afghanistan and syria. >> reporter: i.s.i.l.'s takeover in 2014 consumed much of the world's attention. in response the obama administration created a multinational air force, blowing up buildings and killed with fighters. in nigeria boko haram continued its attacks on the government and civilians.
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notably kidnapping 300 schoolgirls. the girls are missing. while these groups face economic sanctions and travel bands, the report notes a difficult problem of so-called loan wolves. people inspired by the groups who attacked civilians. the shooting in ottawa and quebec and a hostage crisis. they are two of the more prominent incidents. the government says the numbers don't tell the story. that has critics asking whether the u.s. aggravates the situation. an analyst says it's a balancing act. >> i think we are particulating an idea that americans need to be engaged, but understands that we don't hold the keys to the
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solution we need to be enchildrened and power them. that is not so fully understood. >> reporter: u.s. officials say the model put together to fight i.s.i.l. is a good model to confront other enemy groups. they say it's a lot of time to utilize the threats, and admit some can't be eliminated for good in egypt a 22-year-old man died in a scuffle between police and supporters. it happened as officers tried to disperse protesters. there were similar demonstrations in other parts of the country against a death sentence given to mohamed mursi. the verdict upheld by a court on tuesday. greece is hopeful for a last-ditch deal as bank customers rush to avoid
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bankruptcy. words up to $3.4 billion. >> reporter: the run on greek banks has accelerated. cash machines are emtied. customers waiting. the european central bank held an emergency session to improve 2.2 million. this two days after granting 1.2 billion. this after the total for the week was $4.5 billion. it's the culmination of a 6-month long vote of confidence to investigators and consumers. over a quarter of deposits and a fifth of the stock market has
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disappeared. there's a risk athens could have to place a cap on controls as cyprus did. as the greek february minister was -- finance minister was trying to secure more money. >> translation: the european union should find its way back to statutory principles. they need to stick to policies of austerity. it argiates the recession. this is impossible. athens must make a $1.8 billion loan payment to the monetary fund by the end of the month, or become the first eurozone member to go brock or be forced out of the u.n. currency. the european union is seen as a last chance to come to a deal. >> translation: we do not have a guarantee for that. if the greeks are committed to
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getting their budget in order. it is possible. >> we hope for the best. but must be prepared for the worst. >> the pressure on the cash machine mirrors the strain. >> still to come on the programme. it's due to be signed. marley's peace deal is looking shaky. the illegal deal in the united states easy to find online. >> we've done it and that is why we are there. >> my life is in danger. >> anyone who talks about the islamic religion is killed. >> don't miss the exclusive
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al jazeera investigation. >> i can't allow you not to go into
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welcome back. the top stories here on al jazeera. the man accused of the shootings apt a black church in the united states appeared in court via video link. dylann roof was addressed by relatives of some of the victims as he was charged with nine counts of murder the u.n. is appealing for $9.6 million to help avoid a humanitarian disaster. that services are collapsing as fighting continues between the houthi rebels and the saudi-led government governmentors are taking out there 4.2 billion as greece tries to clinch a last-minute deal with creditors in mali tuareg rebels are expected to sign a peace deal with the government later on saturday. they'll focus on better representation for the north, but not the autonomy rebels spent decades fighting for.
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getting their people to accept it has not been easy. >> reporter: they have repeatedly said the goal is an independent state. now they are trying to get their people to accept less than that. leaders of arab and tuareg movements have a tough task on their hands. >> we think this is the most we can get in the current context and with the world community's level of readiness. i think this is available to us. >> these are the same leaders announcing the independent republic of astow ward. several months later in backeeno faso -- burkina faso. mali failed to discuss the demand the the treaty allows parliament in the north. a role in the region's security for armed movements.
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more economic and social development in the area. the rebels demanded mali's government spends 40% of its budget in the north. the current agreement is similar to previous agreements signed in 1992 and 2006. most we talked to in this meeting are dissatisfied. >> it's clear that we have been forced to sign the agreement. i don't see a single point in it that served our interests. it's not good for the people it's not good for our leaders either. >> the year-long negotiations involving 10 rounds of talks have been watched in the refugee camp. of the estimated 50,000 population, only a few thousand turned up to hear an explanation of the agreement. many turned away in protest. others expressing rejection. >> the document does not respond to our demands. if they want the final solution they have you separate us from mali. let us remain here. >> the first refugees arrived a
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quarter of a century ago. an entire generation has never seen their homeland. from how they see the new deal they are not expected to return there soon. >> the united nations says every minute at least eight people are forced to leave everything behind to escape war, conflict and persecution. it's world refugee day, and there's 19.5 million refugees worldwide, according to the united nations. another 38.2 are displaced in their own county 1.8 million seek asylum and there has been a raise from the numbers forced from their homes. in the last year it's rich by 51% in europe 17% in sub-saharan africa 12% in europe and asia 31%. malaysia welcomed thousands of refugees many coming from syria to escape the conflict.
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starting a new life in a foreign land can be tough. >> reporter: a room in a shared apartment is home. this is a syrian refugee arriving here over a year ago from damascus. the professor taught english literature in a number of prestigious universities before the troubles began and families and friends were killed. >> i saw the last day, the day of judgment in damascus. i saw people. i saw the death. i saw that. >> abdul has many health issues. when he feels well his love of teaching brings him here. the teachers and the children are all. the adult volunteers teach 130 students from the age of six to 17. more children would like to come.
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there's no room and a long waiting list. malaysia is a signatory on un convention on the rites of the child. this child does not give free access to great schools. this is one that the government would focus on. >> the malaysian government moved the responsibility to u.n.h.c.r. it is in charge of doing the refugee status determination process, and once the process is finished, they'll provide services, support to refugees. >> al jazeera approached the malaysian authorities and u.n.h.c.r. to focus on the status of refugees. >> there are 150,000 legally represented refugees in malaysia. less than 1% from syria. legal or not, refugees cannot
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work in this country. they rely on charity for food and clothes. the thought of returning home never enters his mind. >> what do you expect. of course i feel - i can't put it in words. i feel so bad. how things turned out in that country. in damascus. the international organisation organisation - two countries sharing an island. the dom can public human rights group say the law is prejudiced against hatians. hundreds of thousands face deportation, and some of haitian dissent. thousands registered with the
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government hoping they could stay and work legally. >> translation: all processes have their problems. this process has moved forward. each person identified with the dom can republic. many received status to meet immigration requirements. >> reporter: police in brazil arrested the head of latin america's largest engineering on suspicion of corruption. they are involved in a $2.1 million bribery scheme. the top executive of the second-largest construction company is arrested and they are accused of forming cartels, money laundering. they were among 12 roasted in a pre-dawn raid across four states on friday. >> more than a tonne of
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confiscated ivory has been crushed. it was held up and put onto a conveyor and became dust in minutes. 25,000 were killed every year. it's easy to buy ivory illegally on lain and from shops. >> reporter: in parts of africa elephants are being wiped out. and killed for their ivory tusks. despite an international ban on ivory trading and efforts by african countries to stop poaching, the slaughter is accelerating. >> we have good statistics that show between 2010 and 2012 alone, probably as much as 100,000 were killed for their ivory. if those rates continue, we are looking for regional extinctions. >> reporter: african poachers do the killing. the demand comes from abroad.
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china and the united states are the two biggest markets for elephant ivory. this is the china town section. using a hidden camera we found many objects for sale in shops. >> while the u.s. bans sales of ivory tasks and carved objects, it's a big loophole in the law. antique ivory is legal. it's responsible to tell what is real and not. sellers can treat it with chemicals to make it look old. you don't have to visit china town. there's plenty available a few keyboard clicks away on the internet. >> on march, the international fund for animal welfare conducted a small survey of 28 cities and towns on the popular
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trading site craigslist. investigators found 500 ivory or suspected ivory its for sale. >> altogether they were been advertised for $1.9 million. there's many platforms out there. there's big ones like ebay craigslist, and other smaller sites. now californian lawmakers are pushing a law banning all sales of ivory no matter how old, beginning in america's populous state. >> california law is an important step. setting an example for other states and countries, possibly stopping the elephant's march to oblivion after decades of military rule and strict censorship the art's scene is making a
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comeback. one of them is trying to make sure that people never forget the contribution of hundreds of political prisoners during the year. >> reporter: gloves, plaster powder and a small video camera part of the day's work. today he is with an old friend. one of the leaders of a student uprising in 1998. he spent more than 70 years in prison. >> with those sacrificing, we cannot achieve anything. that's why the rule of former political prisoners should recognise, not as a person as a whole community, there's no bitter possess just acceptance and humour. >> sometimes prison authorities are friends, sometimes foe. this process is part of an
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artwork. himself a former political prisoner. making a recordings of prison's stories. >> right now we are in transition. that's why i wanted to create a conceptual piece of work that is part of history. also other things that are important. >> reporter: to date he's made nearly 500 models. he started in 2013, not long after the country moved away from a military government. and then he says some were unsure whether they should participate in the project. fears are going away. the lines between arts and politics blown. a few years ago, no gallery
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would have portrayed the portraits. they are symbols of resistance. >> recent events caused some to back slide on reform. in february police violently dispersed a student demonstration. dozens of protesters were arrested and face trial. it's as if the government supports the project by constantly putting people away. these joking but he could be right, the cast of hundreds may grow now, then if you find flying stressful, this could be what you need. on board yoga sessions. yes, passengers on a flight at the budget indian airline spice jet were put through a number of exercises to relax, stretch and calm their minds. sunday will be the first ever international yoga day.
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all-inspired by the indian prime minister narendra modi. who, himself, is a yoga enthusiast. he'll be among thousands of indians taking part in event across the country. headlines coming up. i'll push you in the direction of the website. aljazeera.com is the address. all the news we are covering right there. as they try to reform the ranks and weed out bad cops. plus under the gun. police officers put to the test with split second decisions on the use of deadly force. there's a new mandate for the nation's police departments. evolve. now. tonight i will bring you police chiefs from across the country

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